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Designers named for Horizon's Anglessey and Olbury new nuclear plants

Atkins, Amec and Cavendish Nuclear have been appointed by Horizon Nuclear Power to work up technical designs for its planned nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire. 

It was announced yesterday that Horizon Nuclear Power, a subsidiary of Hitachi, had reached signed a co-operation agreement with the Treasury with the aim of being able to agree in principle on a UK government guarantee for a new nuclear power station on Anglesey. It means Horizon can now talk to funders about financing the scheme and gives it confidence to start detailed design.

Amec, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear will be working collaboratively with Horizon for the next three years on consultancy and technical design activities for Horizon’s lead site, Wylfa Newydd, and supporting the development of expertise within the company itself. Horizon said their work will be crucial in helping it continue its planning and preparation for main construction from 2018.

Horizon chief operating officer Alan Raymant said: “These contracts underline our aspiration to become a leading new nuclear utility company and demonstrate real momentum.  Working with our new framework suppliers and their supply chains, I‘m confident we will continue to progress our detailed plans as we prepare for our first formal public consultation next year.  The signing of these contracts also highlights our commitment to working with UK suppliers where possible.”  

The frameworks cover support to Horizon in the following areas:

  • Development and Planning
  • Site Investigation
  • Engineering Support                                                                                        
  • Environmental Permitting and Waste Management
  • Planning and Project Management Support

As a result of a separate process, Horizon has also selected Amec, Atkins and Cavendish Nuclear to provide regulatory licensing and safety case support.

Nuclear skills boost

Amec and The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute have teamed up to create a global centre of excellence for reactor engineering and nuclear skills in the North West.

Building on a track record of innovative research and development projects it will broaden the services both parties offer to respective customers, including Reactor Technology Development; a project that will take technology developments from the Dalton Nuclear Institute and put them into industry application through Amec.

Professor Andrew Sherry, director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute said: “Our relationship with Amec has developed over the last decade. There is great scope to combine academic and industrial capability for skills development and technology. Jointly we can offer an even better service to our respective customers in the domestic and international markets.”

Clive White, President of AMEC’s Clean Energy – Europe business, said: “There are many benefits in extending what is already established as a highly successful partnership. Through academia and industry joining together, in support of the UK’s Nuclear Industry Strategy, the UK will effectively export its nuclear skills and capabilities into the international marketplace.”

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